Carrot-Zucchini Yogurt Muffins
Egg whites beaten to stiff peaks ensure that the texture of these whole-grain muffins remains light. Fresh carrots and zucchini keep these muffins moist.
- Vegetable-oil cooking spray
- 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) pecans, toasted and finely chopped
- 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
- 1/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater (2 cups)
- 1 large zucchini, peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater (1 1/2 cups)
- 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 2 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
- 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a standard (12-cup) muffin tin with cooking spray. Whisk together flours, pecans, wheat germ, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
Stir together carrots, zucchini, yogurt, egg yolks, molasses, and orange zest in a large bowl. Fold flour mixture into carrot mixture until just combined. With a whisk or a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites until shiny, stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into the carrot mixture.
Spoon batter into prepared tin, filling to the brims. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center of 1 comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. (Muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.)